I purchased the Crock-Pot Cook and Carry 6 Quart Manual Portable Slow Cooker and Food Warmer Stainless (SCCPVL600-S) back in January 2014, and it still functions as if it’s brand new. This appliance has been my go-to for homemade soups and stews throughout the year, and it has never let me down, even with tasks like making refried beans. Having a removable insert is a game-changer for cleaning – just soak it, scrub it, and it’s ready for another use. Plus, it’s convenient for storing leftovers in the fridge.
Over the years, I’ve owned several slow cookers, starting with the original Rival models from the 1970s to more modern, programmable ones. My last purchase was 12 years ago, and while it still works well, its round shape isn’t ideal for larger roasts, and it’s a hassle to transport to potlucks.
We’re now slowly upgrading our kitchen appliances, and quality is a priority. I’ve noticed that, over time, many brands develop cracks on the bottom, but fortunately, this Crock-Pot has held up without any leaking. When it’s time for a replacement, I’ll likely purchase the same model. A helpful tip: keep the good parts when you replace a slow cooker, as finding and purchasing individual parts can be challenging and expensive.
This current Crock-Pot had big shoes to fill, replacing an original that lasted from the early ’80s. It has been in use for a few years now with almost weekly cooking sessions. However, there are a couple of minor issues: the stoneware insert could use ‘ears’ for easier lifting, and an indicator light would be helpful to confirm that it’s turned on.
The locking lid feature is excellent for transport (though remember not to cook with the lid locked). Despite having only two settings, low and high, with a ‘warm’ setting that isn’t for cooking, the quality meets expectations. I put it to the test during Christmas with a batch of Swedish meatballs, and it didn’t disappoint.
Sadly, when it was time to repurchase, the price had increased significantly, from $22.50 to $78.00, which was disappointing. Despite this, I still believe it’s a high-quality, affordable appliance that’s easy to use and clean.
For those like me in their 80s and living alone, the Crock-Pot is a convenient option during the winter. However, my last experience with a 3 lb roast that remained mostly raw after cooking all day was disheartening, indicating that even the best appliances can eventually fail.